The Monroe County Sheriff's Office's finance director has been elected the next Monroe County clerk of court in a landslide election.
Republican Amy Heavilin captured 64 percent of the vote and defeated Democrat opponent "Trinidad" Joe Allen. Allen is a perennial candidate and did not run much of a campaign.
"It hasn't really sunk in," Heavilin said Tuesday at the Harvey Government Center in Key West. "This is really spectacular .... I look forward to doing it. I'll work hard for this community every day."
Heavilin will replace longtime and highly respected Clerk of Court Danny Kolhage, who retired from the clerk's job and then ran unopposed for the Monroe County Commission seat that represents Stock Island and Key Haven.
"I have some really big shoes to fill," Heavilin said.
Heavilin said growth in customer service, technology and operating efficiency is required for the department to continue to move forward.
She has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Ohio University and a master's of business administration from Nova Southeastern University. She also has been a certified public accountant since 1999 and the Sheriff's Office's finance director since 2002.
The clerk's office is the repository for all county documents and oversees the handling of marriage licenses and other court functions. Most importantly, the clerk conducts audits of county contracts, programs and divisions to make sure taxpayer money is being spent properly.